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Big Picture Learning Longitudinal Study. Karen Arnold Boston College December 12, 2008 arnoldkc@bc.edu. Research Team. Boston College Higher Education Department Karen Arnold, Katie Wartman, Samantha Carney, Percy Napier, Jennifer May, Charlotte Martin Big Picture Learning

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big picture learning longitudinal study

Big Picture Learning Longitudinal Study

Karen Arnold

Boston College

December 12, 2008

arnoldkc@bc.edu

research team
Research Team
  • Boston College Higher Education Department
    • Karen Arnold, Katie Wartman, Samantha Carney, Percy Napier, Jennifer May, Charlotte Martin
  • Big Picture Learning
    • Shezwae Fleming, Mario De Anda
  • Met Providence: Ben Castleman
  • College Transition Counselor: Carmen Perez
longitudinal study questions
Longitudinal Study Questions
  • What becomes of Big Picture graduates in higher education, occupations, families, and communities?
  • What makes a difference in these outcomes?
    • High school experiences
    • Transition support
    • College conditions
    • Personal qualities
    • Parent, family and adult support
study mission
Study Mission
  • The Big Picture Longitudinal study tracks the lives of students from high school until age 30 in order to document their outcomes, inform school improvement, and support the continued personal and professional development of alumni…
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Study

Instruments

May/June

October

Senior

Transition

Survey

First Fall

Update

Survey

Advisor

Survey of

Seniors

Student

Tracker

additional data collection
Additional Data Collection
  • First Fall Update Survey
    • 66 alumni from Class of 2006 (33%)
    • 114 alumni from Class of 2007 (17%)
    • 64 alumni from Class of 2008 (17%)
  • National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker college enrollment of 2000-08 alumni from participating schools (~600)
  • Summer studies of college transition
  • National admission survey on summer melt
survey results on school effectiveness what s working
Survey Results on School Effectiveness: What’s Working
  • Advisor connection
  • Parent, family and adult involvement
  • College-going culture
  • Student self-knowledge
  • Real-world learning
what high school taught best
What High School Taught Best

#1 Knowing own strengths & weaknesses

#2 Speaking clearly and effectively

#3 Naming & following passions/interests

#4 Preparing for post high school success

#5 Learning on their own

#6 Preparing for work world success

#7 Knowing how to make decisions

seniors assessed by advisors as somewhat or extremely weak
% Seniors Assessed by Advisors as Somewhat or Extremely Weak
  • Preparation for college math 59%
  • Preparation for college science 54%
  • Readiness for college writing 43%
  • Readiness for college reading 35%
  • Time management 48%
  • Organizational skills 39%
  • Ability to ask for help 36%
  • Ability to work alone 30%
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Connecting the Dots: Analysis Model

Senior

Transition

Survey

First Fall

Update

Survey

Advisor

Survey of

Seniors

Student

Tracker

May/June

October

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Senior Year (May/June) College Plans and Degree Expectations

Senior Transition Survey

Accepted to College: 95% -100%

Expecting Fall Enrollment: 88%

Expecting BA Degree: 43%

Expecting Grad Degree: 37%

Advisor

Survey of

Seniors

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Advisor Reports of Seniors’ College Plans and Degree Expectations

Advisor Survey

Committed to Beginning College:

83%

Committed to Earning a Degree:

82%

Senior

Survey

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Correspondence of Senior Year Degree Expectations and Plans for Beginning College

Seniors

Enrollment Plan

& Degree Plan

Correlation=.189**

Advisors

Enrollment Plan

& Degree Plan

Correlation=.843**

new graduates college outcomes
New Graduates’ College Outcomes
  • 66% enrolled in college (compared with 54% of low-income students nationally)
  • Clearinghouse Student Tracker and First Fall Update differ on enrollment #s
  • No difference in college enrollment by gender, race, parents’ education, or income status
summer flood post graduate summer changes 1 3 of all graduates
SUMMER FLOOD Post-graduate Summer Changes (~1/3 of all graduates)

New

College

2-yr

Part time

JOB

summer flood follow up
Summer Flood Follow-up
  • 2007 summer interview study
  • 2008 summer intervention study
    • Met Providence, Bronx Guild, Williams
    • Summer intervention outreach treatment and control groups
    • Enrollment results in January 2009
  • 2008 national summer melt study (national admission organization NACAC)
last year s study take homes
Last Year’s Study Take-Homes
  • Over 3/4 of seniors plan fall college enrollment at the point of H.S. graduation
  • Substantial reconsideration of college plans over the summer
  • New college students generally satisfied
what we learned this year
What We Learned This Year
  • The Big Picture equalizes opportunity for its students
what we learned this year33
What We Learned This Year
  • The Big Picture equalizes opportunity for its students
  • Seniors’ degree aspirations do not connect directly to their college plans
  • Advisors cannot reliably predict students’ college enrollment
  • The Clearinghouse Student Tracker is THE BEST AND BOLDESTWAY to get good college data
what we need to do
What we need to do:
  • Move beyond college acceptance to attendance
    • Post-graduation summer intervention needed
    • Need to make sure everyone has a plan A and B
  • Increase response rates and outreach to alumni
    • Clearinghouse data superior to self-report
    • Need for relationship-based data collection
  • Make degree aspirations realistic and tied to clear understanding of college and career paths
  • Enable multiple paths within a college-going culture
    • Needs to be acceptable to make a postponed college plan
    • Schools need to balance college-going ethos and parallel pathways to adult success
steps for schools
Steps for Schools
  • Using Alumni Manager
  • Supporting survey responses
  • Providing summer support to grads.
  • Tracking graduate contact info
  • Subscribing to Student Tracker
  • Sharing and using study findings
next steps for the study
Next Steps for the Study
  • Help principals interpret school-specific data
  • Report on summer intervention results
  • Help schools subscribe to Student Tracker
  • Explore non-survey-based methods to reach older alumni
  • Continue feedback to schools
  • Develop consortia for alumni follow-up studies
next steps for the study37
Next Steps for the Study
  • Help principals interpret school-specific data
  • Report on summer intervention results
  • Help schools subscribe to Student Tracker
  • Explore non-survey-based methods to reach older alumni
  • Continue feedback to schools
  • Develop consortia for alumni follow-up studies
contact information
Contact Information
  • For information about the Big Picture Longitudinal Study:

Karen Arnold

Boston College

arnoldkc@bc.edu

  • For information about the Big Picture College Transition Network:

Shezwae Fleming

The Big Picture Company

sfleming@bigpicture.org

  • For a copy of the 2008 Principal's Retreat Power Point and supplemental materials relevant to the longitudinal study, please log onto the Big Picture website (www.bigpicture.org), click on the "INNOVATION" link and scroll down to the list of topics and click on "A Longitudinal Study of Big Picture School Graduates."